Orlando was getting a combo guard who could defend both opposing two-guards and small forwards. The Magic also found out that Oladipo was more offensively talented than scouts realized. He can drive to the basket at will, and also showed a knack for hitting outside shots.
While Oladipo’s rookie season was very promising, it also proved to be frustrating at the same time. A big part of the frustration was head coach Jacque Vaughn bouncing Oladipo back and forth from the bench to the starting lineup. That inconsistency hurt his performance, and in my opinion, cost him the Rookie of the Year Award.
But now that it is all but guaranteed that Oladipo will be a starter in 2014-15, Oladipo can now focus on becoming the newest star for an Orlando team desperately searching for one. Oladipo will be the new leader, the man that will be heaped with the great responsibility of bringing the Magic back to respectability.
Oladipo is up to the task. He has been working on his game all summer, and once the season tips off, he will show all of Central Florida why the Magic were so high on him. It really would not surprise me if Oladipo emerged as one of the top guards in the NBA in the next two years, because he has the talent and the will to be one of the best.
Move over Dwyane Wade. There is a new star guard in the Sunshine State, and he resides in the Magic Kingdom.